Spring is coming and that means bulbs

If you follow my blog you know how much I love flowers, and that I also have a great affection for mason jars. Spring allows me to marry these two wonderful elements together! This is something I have shared with you before, but I never get tired of this look. The bulbs are so sculptural and fresh in the mason jars. Sometimes I line the jars with moss but most of the time I like to see the dirt…there is something nice about dirt.

In the photos below you can see that I used curly willow to support the mini daffodils. If you want to take the spring theme up a notch you could use pussy willow. I also tucked some birch bark in-between the jars, and mini birds into some of the jars to add another element to my table.

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I am so excited that spring is coming! We are looking forward to getting outside again. I see lots of projects in my future.

Happy Spring I hope you are all well.

Best,

Celia

10 easy long lasting Thanksgiving centerpieces

I love Thanksgiving it is my favorite holiday. What’s not to love about a holiday that celebrates family, cooking and decorating!

What can you do now to get ready for Thanksgiving? Cook, clean and set the table? Seems a bit early for that but you can make your centerpiece. Here are some of my favorite ideas. Which one do you like best?

#1 Orchids are by far my favorite way to decorate for the holidays as they last forever! Here I used moss, herbs, succulents, orchids and curly willow. Trader Joes has these orchids for $10-$20 each and they last for months.

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#2 If you want to add glam to your table these Pottery Barn pumpkins are wonderful and can be used every year!

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#3 Arrangements of Vegetables and Greens: Kale, Artichokes and Squash are great & last for weeks. I love this one from http://www.countrybouquetsfloral.com.

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#4 Long low arrangements of herbs and thistle or other long-lasting flowers are great. This is 48″ long and it has a great modern look.

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#5 I love these velvet pumpkins! They can be used every year and in numerous different ways. Mine came from Dwellings 207-781-3711 call them for colors, sizes and pricing. They can ship them to your door!

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# 6 Herbs make great centerpieces and they are useful too. Here I planted rosemary and lavender in some old pots and I added candles in mason jars with moss. I put everything on tray so it is easy to move if you need to put food on the table.

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#7 Feathers are fabulous and these arrangements can be done in advance and they last forever! This one is from http://floralhomedecor.net.

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#8 I love this idea from Williams-Sonoma Home because it works from September to January you can add candles or ribbon and change the look!  http://www.williams-sonoma.com/

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#9 You can make your own floral runner. I made this one as a demo for a client and it lasted about 8 days and cost about $25.

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#10 Lastly you can make a wonderful table-scape with gourds they are inexpensive, colorful and long-lasting. Love this idea from http://anita-faraboverubies.blogspot.com/

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I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! I am going to set my table today! I better get out the ironing board…my table clothes and napkins are clean but wrinkled!

I wish you all a peaceful, and beautiful Thanksgiving.

Thank you for stopping by let me know your thoughts, by commenting or liking this post.

Best,

Celia

My favorite holiday ideas

I hope you enjoy my favorite holiday decor ideas for 2013!

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Thank you for stopping by!

Best, Celia

Help…I have to get my house ready for guests! Flowers are a must!

I love to travel and see family but, I have to say the best part of traveling is coming home! I have house guests arriving tomorrow and so today is a cleaning, organizing and decorating day! It is humid here, and it is hard to make your house feel clean, so bringing fresh scents into your home will make it smell clean and add flowers to distract. Lilies as you know are very fragrant a little bit goes along way, so one or two will do it! I will also add herbs to my arrangements.

I am also making my go to floral arrangement, an orchid display. I love these because they require very little maintenance and they last for a couple of months. So the cost is relatively low when amortized over 2 months!

To make the orchid display you will need

  • A vessel for your display, a bowl, urn, or a soup tureen…here I have used a footed terracotta planter.
  • An orchid, they come in amazing colors and shapes. These days you can get orchids anywhere. Trader Joes and even Walmart carry them for $10-$15, if I am splurging I will go to Skillins Greenhouse (207)781-3861 and get one of their $35 orchids. Skillins has really beautiful orchids that are much healthier, larger and they also re-bloom giving your flowers 2-3 times a year!
  • Curly Willow (1-2 pieces) available at your local florist and even grocery stores.
  • Floral foam
  • Sheet moss, reindeer moss or Spanish moss

Step One: Center your orchid in your dish

Step Two: Secure the orchid in your vessel with floral foam. This will keep your orchid from tipping over they are top heavy!

Step Three: Remove the bamboo stick or metal post that comes with your orchid and replace it with a piece of Curly Willow. Secure it with twist ties in a few key spots!

Step Four: Finish with Moss, cover the base of the plant and the floral foam with moss, I also cover the twist ties with moss!

TIP: Water your orchid with 1-2 ice cubes a week.

 

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What is happening today in design!

What is happening today in design!.

I have to say this is really is a wonderful product! I wish I had brought some on vacation with me. I am now in Florida celebrating my mother-in-laws 80th birthday. I have painted their condo interior, cooked and shopped! I feel lucky to have them. I have no parents of my own and they are very special…family means more as you age!

Best to you all and thank you for reading my blog.

I will have new fresh presses upon my arrival home.

Celia

How to put together a fabulous Father’s Day

Setting the tableTips & ideas for a Happy Father’s Day

  • Host a party only if your husband or father will not have to help. Do not make Dad work on his day.
  • Do not buy him a gift that directly benefits you like a lawn mower, drill etc.
  • Do buy him a gift he would like. My husband has wanted a canoe for years so this year I am buying him a canoe.
  • Make him breakfast in bed, or at least coffee
  • Let him go off for the day and enjoy his hobby or sport. If he like to golf arrange for a game for him and a friend. Or perhaps book him a lesson as his gift. If fishing is his thing let him go and maybe even pack a nice lunch for him.
  • Plan a family meal (this can just be you, your husband, and your kids, or your siblings and father)
  • Tell dad what you love about him.

Table wrap is a great product. It makes clean up so easy. I write the names of my guests right on the table wrap this way everyone will know where you want them to sit. You  or kids can even write a special note to Dad!

Flowers help to complete the table, if possible cut them from your own garden or get them from a local source.

Table Wrap-photos by Liz Donnelly

My Father’s Day Menu

Cilantro Rubbed Grilled Beef Tenderloin

  •  4 LB Beef Tenderloin
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 minced jalapeño pepper
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Marinate meat for 4-12 hours. Pre-heat grill for  10-15 minutes, then grill meat on med-high heat until a meat thermometer reads 130⁰-140⁰ turn 4 times.

Cold-Fashioned Potato Salad

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds red potatoes, large diced
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (homemade if possible)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 tablespoon very thinly sliced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons fine chopped cornichons
  • 1/2 cup small dice red onion
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Place potatoes into a large heavy-bottomed pot. Cover with cold water and place over medium heat. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat and remove lid. Gently simmer until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and place into an ice bath to cool. Remove skin by rubbing with a tea towel. Slice potatoes into rounds and place into a zip top bag. Add the vinegar and toss to coat all of the potatoes. Place the bag into the refrigerator overnight.

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In a large mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, parsley, tarragon, garlic, cornichons, onions, and celery. Once evenly combined, add the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Let the salad chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

Grilled Vegetables

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

Ingredients

  • 3 red bell peppers, seeded and halved
  • 3 yellow squash (about 1 pound total), sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick rectangles
  • 3 zucchini (about 12 ounces total), sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick rectangles
  • 3 Japanese eggplant (12 ounces total), sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick rectangles
  • 12 cremini mushrooms
  • 1 bunch (1-pound) asparagus, trimmed
  • 12 green onions, roots cut off
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

Directions

Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or prepare the barbecue (medium-high heat). Brush the vegetables with 1/4 cup of the oil to coat lightly. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt and pepper. Working in batches, grill the vegetables until tender and lightly charred all over, about 8 to 10 minutes for the bell peppers; 7 minutes for the yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms; 4 minutes for the asparagus and green onions. Arrange the vegetables on a platter. The key to getting those great grill marks is to not shift the vegetables too frequently once they’ve been placed on the hot grill.

Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, parsley, basil, and rosemary in a small bowl to blend. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the herb mixture over the vegetables. Serve the vegetables, warm or at room temperature.

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Grilled Vegetables

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

Ingredients

  • 3 red bell peppers, seeded and halved
  • 3 yellow squash (about 1 pound total), sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick rectangles
  • 3 zucchini (about 12 ounces total), sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick rectangles
  • 3 Japanese eggplant (12 ounces total), sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick rectangles
  • 12 cremini mushrooms
  • 1 bunch (1-pound) asparagus, trimmed
  • 12 green onions, roots cut off
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

Directions

Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or prepare the barbecue (medium-high heat). Brush the vegetables with 1/4 cup of the oil to coat lightly. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt and pepper. Working in batches, grill the vegetables until tender and lightly charred all over, about 8 to 10 minutes for the bell peppers; 7 minutes for the yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms; 4 minutes for the asparagus and green onions. Arrange the vegetables on a platter. The key to getting those great grill marks is to not shift the vegetables too frequently once they’ve been placed on the hot grill.

Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, parsley, basil, and rosemary in a small bowl to blend. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the herb mixture over the vegetables. Serve the vegetables, warm or at room temperature.

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Best, Celia

Rustic Country Wedding

COUNTRY WEDDING

On May 19th my niece got married on her parent’s farm in the beautiful Virginia country side. I had the pleasure of being the event planner/florist for the event. The colors were purple and yellow and the setting was stunning! I used mason jars and jelly jars for all the flower arrangements. The flowers were all locally grown they included; Peonies, Queen Ann’s Lace, Stock, Bachelor buttons, Viburnum, Sweet Peas, Tulips, Roses,  Baptisia & Zebra and Green Grasses. The flowers came from a local farm www.wollamgardens.com, the flowers were freshly cut for the wedding. It was a pleasure working with these fabulous flowers, they were so fragrant!

This is the bridal table looking out on the farm and the mountains

We topped white table clothes with a fun yellow and white checked table runner. I used yellow and purple ribbon from www.mayarts.com on each flower arrangement. My wedding gift to the bride and groom was the monogrammed napkins that were used at the wedding. I am sure those n apkins will be used for every one of their family function for years to come!

Mini Arrangements in jam jars
We put two small and one large arrangement on each long table
Country flowers and country view out the tent
Check table runners are a great finishing touch
We filled the tent ceiling with white paper Chinese lanterns

Look at the beautiful bride and her father dancing, and look at the letters on the floor they have lights in them at night they were magical.

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Kirsten Fairall is the photographer

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Celia

Rustic Wedding with STYLE

Next weekend I am doing a rustic country wedding for my niece. Here is my plan!

Location: Picking a beautiful site…step one

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I love this sweets table idea…so cute!

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Easter is coming…Sunday

Easter Is Sunday. I need to order a ham www.virginiatraditions.com these are wonderful Virginia hams and my Hubbs peanuts too www.hubspeanuts.com. Once this is done I can get down to business and confirm my guest list (my family is not very good at RSVP’s).

I am going to keep the menu simple, peanuts and fresh vegetables to start, ham, sweet & regular roasted potatoes, green beans and salad. Oh and I need to order a coconut cake from Scratch Bakery www.scratchbakingco.com I hope I am not too late!

Now I love to cook but I like decorating more. I have inherited beautiful linens (because my sisters did not want to iron them) I am going to use lace and linen napkins, my silver (which I do not use enough) and white dishes.  I want to keep my tablescape simple but springy. I love hyacinth but you may want to use daffodils as hyacinth are very fragrant (with 2 dogs and 2 teens I need the fresh floral aroma).  I want my flowers to add the pop to the table!

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For the centerpiece you will need: A 6”-8” deep vessel (like my wire basket) this can be a bowl, pot, really anything that holds plants, Sheet Moss (available at any florist), Hyacinth or Daffodils (Greenhouse or even Wal-Mart), potting soil, some nests, small natural looking fake eggs (or better yet your own Easter eggs) and bunnies (Home Goods or Pottery Barn).

Step One: Line your basket with moss, if you are using a bowl or planter skip step one

Step Two: Cover the bottom of the vessel with soil

Step Three: Add plants and fill in soil to fit plants snugly in place. This is important because these plants tend to be top heavy. You may need to stake them too, I would use Pussy Willow and a twist tie.

Step Four: Cover the top of the plants with moss, and if you have a staked plant with a twist tie you can cover the twist tie with a little moss!

Step Five: Put your new planter in the center of your table and surround it with your Easter treasures (bunnies, eggs, nests etc.)

Step Five: Get into the kitchen…it is time to cook

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Shopping for Summer

This year is going to be different! I am going old school…and setting up my home for the summer. In Maine we need to celebrate summer, it is short and sweet. I am going to enjoy every moment! I am investing in summer rugs, rolling up the wool and rolling out the cotton. This practice is very old fashioned but it does preserve your rugs! Dash and Albert have wonderful rugs for summer living www.dashandalbert.com.

Dash & Albert Rug

I will also be packing up my pillows and replacing them with fun summer pillows, maybe even outdoor pillows so I can bring them in and out as I please. I am investing in two new outdoor cubes they are just too cool a trend to miss out on! Check out www.potterybarn.com for pillows and cubes like the ones below.

PoofsPillows Lastly,  I am investing in summer dishes I love Le Cadeaux Malaga dishes~ They are melamine and so they can go from the deck to the dishwasher!www.thefrenchybee.com has a great selection of Le Cadeaux.

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If I was really going for the summer look I would slipcover all my sofa and chairs but, I know my banker husband will put the kibosh on that idea so these changes will have to suffice. I am so looking forward to summer, lobsters, dining al fresco, tiki torches, and long days at the beach…along with long night of tending to sunburns, lightening bugs and so much more. First we have to get through mud season…happy spring.

The Making of a Dining Room

Form, function and comfort? Yes! The design world has now realized that function must come before form. We are designing homes for the whole family, children, parents and now even pets.  Tufted furniture is great for families; these pieces are usually very well made. In order to tuft a product it needs to be reinforced so that the buttons do not pop off!

When you are designing a room, keep who will be using the space. If your cat always curls up on a chair in your dining room now, chances are good that they will still do this when you replace those chairs with new ones! Do not make unrealistic choices for your home. If you love white and want an all white dining room but you have 5 young children…maybe you should wait and use this look when you retire! Or slipcover your chairs and be prepared to wash them…often. I love white and I tell my friend Anne all the time that this is a look I would love to have, I know that this look may never work for me. I have 2 dogs and 2 teenagers…and I do not want to be following them around with a dust buster.

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What you do want in a good dining room is…

  • Comfortable chairs
  • A table that is large enough for place settings, a center piece and some serving dishes
  • A buffet or sideboard (if there is room)
  • Good lighting
  • Art
  • Keep pets and kids in mind when you design
  • Window treatments (this is a good place to have fun with pattern or even use white!)

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WE TEST ALL FURNITURE IN OUR HOUSE!!! 

PET TESTED MOTHER APPROVED. (Dog Photos by Liz Donnelly)

Spring Table

 A spring table allows one to bring the outside in through plants, bulbs, nests, and eggs. I adore spring and the feeling that everything is new again. Fresh starts are always exciting; everything is budding and coming to life at this time of year.

 I love to buy bulbs and force them inside; here I have forced daffodils and grape hyacinth.  In the fall I buy bulbs for planting and forcing. Some go in the garden, while others go in paper bags in the garage. The ones from the garage will be forced into bloom in my home in March.

The 1st week of March is the time to start forcing bulbs. I prepare wide mouth jars or shallow bowls with pebbles at the base, potting soil and finally the bulbs. Mason jars work very well but can only hold one bulb, if you want more impact you might want to plant a large bowl the bulbs can be crowded quite tightly together. Water and set in a sunny spot, in 2-3 weeks you will be enjoying the fruits of your labor!

Now you have your bulbs add bird nests and eggs and you have a great centerpiece for spring holiday entertaining.

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Photos by: Liz Donnelly